Porter, Charles L. (1889-) | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Charles Lyman Porter was born at Mackinaw, Illinois on February 22, 1889. His early education, including his high school training, was received in the schools of that community. In 1907 he entered the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington, earning the degree of B. S. from that institution in 1911. In the spring of 1912 he entered the University of Illinois, graduating in 1913 with the degree of A. B., doing most of his work in the College of Agriculture. From 1914 to 1916 he was instructor in biology at Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa. From 1916 to 1919 he served as head of the Department of Biology at Fairmount College, Wichita, Kansas. He served this college as registrar in 1918. The summer and latter part of 1918 was spent in military service. In 1919 he again entered the University of Illinois to do graduate work in the Department of Botany. He was assistant in botany at the University of Illinois 1919-1921, including the summer terms of 1920 and 1921. He received the degree of Master of Arts in 1921. From September, 1921 to September, 1922 he was engaged part time as botanist in the Natural History Survey and part time in graduate work. The summer of 1922 was spent in the field in the interests of the Natural History Plant Disease Survey. The university year of 1922-1923 was devoted to full-time graduate work.
Charles L. Porter was a professor of Plant Pathology and Physiology at Purdue University from 1923-1960. He became a well known botanist, and his work in fungi and leaf spots of corn received recognition.